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  • Alison Balsom's scintillating iTunes Festival performance: last chance to watch

    The trumpet virtuoso's concert is still available to stream free on iTunes... But only until next week.

    If you missed Alison Balsom's spectacular concert as one of the classical stars headlining the iTunes Festival at London's historic Roundhouse, you can still catch the show on iTunes or Apple for a limited time.

    Accompanied by lush orchestra, Balsom played irresistible music from her latest album Paris. The British trumpeter has spent much of October on a major tour bringing the sights, sounds and sensuality of the French capital to concert halls around the UK.

    Stream the iTunes Festival concert for free here.

  • Balsom plays The Beach Boys in BBC Music's all-star supergroup

    Alison Balsom is one of 27 seriously big talents chosen by the BBC to record an extravagant cover version of the Beach Boys 1966 classic God Only Knows, celebrating the launch of BBC Music, described by the media service as "an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years".

    The single's accompanying video is as extravagant as the line-up, dubbed "The Impossible Orchestra" by the BBC, featuring artists from all genres including Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Florence Welch, Jamie Cullum, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and the song's originator Brian Wilson each singing or playing a line from the Pet Sounds hit. (Other classical musicians include violinist Nicola Benedetti and soprano Danielle de Niese — accompanied by the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra.)

    The clip features Alison Balsom in a regal golden feathered gown, playing trumpet suspended in a giant bird cage. Meanwhile, Kylie Minogue floats by in a bubble as London's Alexandra Palace Theatre is transformed into a lush jungle paradise.

    Balsom and the other artists gave their time for free, with the single released today in aid of BBC Children in Need, a cause close to the trumpeter's heart. The track, a first-time collaboration between Warner, Sony and Universal Music, is available to download with the proceeds going to charity.

    The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson said: "All of the artists did such a beautiful job. I can’t thank them enough. God Only Knows is a very special song, an extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written."

  • Alison Balsom joins line-up of iTunes Festival: London concert to be streamed live

    British trumpeter Alison Balsom is one of the most graceful modern ambassadors of classical music. iTunes Festival has announced this morning that she will join a staggering, eclectic line-up featuring the likes of Blondie, Kylie Minogue, Robert Plant, Gregory Porter and Little Dragon at London's historic Roundhouse for the 30-day celebration of the biggest names in music today.

    Balsom will play irresistible music from her new album Paris, an alluring tour of music written in and inspired by the City of Lights.

    If you can't make it to the festival, watch her take the stage on September 28 by streaming the gig for free on iTunes or via Apple TV.